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Screenwriting Contest

A Future Drifter is an Original in search of their greater purpose. 

It is our belief that everyone has the capability of achieving greatness. Entry and coverage fees will go towards overhead costs and the homeless crisis in LA in a 50/50 split. By submitting your script to this contest, you may be giving a to-be Future Drifter a chance! 

Future Drifter Films is happy to announce that the proceeds for this festival will be donated directly to Safe Place for Youth, our official partner.

- $500 Grand Prize
- Custom Future Drifter -Short- Films Laurel

Top 5 Finalists
- Consideration for collaboration with Future Drifter Films and viewed by professionals in the +Industry Circle
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- Deadline to submit is October 10th, 2021

- Announcements will be made on October 20th, 2021

+Industry Circle: First and foremost, this includes our esteemed judges. In addition, this includes producers from production companies based in Europe, New York City, and Los Angeles with net profits of box office sales totaling over $3 billion worldwide. Additional members of our circle include professional Actors, Writers, and Directors based in Los Angeles. The best screenwriters from this contest will benefit from feedback and exposure to this powerful group. However, there is no guarantee of an industry deal for representation or for production of the submitted script.

There is no in-person component to this contest. The contest will run digitally in 2021.


Rules & Regulations

- This contest is open to any writer, 18 years of age or older.


- Scripts must be submitted in English and properly formatted according to industry standards.

- Only one script per person may be submitted.

- Scripts must be 15 pages or less.

- Scripts must not have been previously produced, in development, or in any stage of production.

- Only PDFs will be accepted.

- There is a $15 entrance fee with submissions.

- Requests for script coverage can be made for an additional $15.

- The script must be original content in the genre of science fiction OR a Shakespearean derivative work with elements of science fiction. (Citing is required to the Shakespearean piece that your derivative work is based upon.)

○ Science Fiction genre requirements: Settings that take place in a hypothetical future or alternate version of reality or unique location where special technology, superpowers, or alien beings can exist.


Every script will be carefully scrutinized for quality of writing and the potential to win the contest. However, Future Drifter Films reserves the right to give preference to scripts that are practical to produce, that is, budgets of under $20,000. For example, if the script requires complex action sequences, CGI, or a large ensemble of actors, there is less possibility that it will be selected winner as the of this contest.

- By submitting to the Future Drifter -Short- Films screenwriting contest, all listed creators authorize the submission. In submitting your work to the Future Drifter -Short- Films screenwriting contest you are admitting that your entry does not infringe on the copyright of a previous work.

- In the event of multiple authors of the prize-winning work, the award money will be divided equally among listed creators.


Meet The Judges

Robert Bella


An award-winning filmmaker, Robert Bella has written, produced, and directed numerous independent films including the cult-hit comedy Colin Fitz Lives!. Bella has worked as a writer/producer on the hit TV shows: The Rookie, Castle, and The Following. He has worked as an ADR Director with numerous actors, including Chevy Chase, Judi Dench, Jimmy Fallon, Whoopi Goldberg, Freddie Highmore, Harvey Keitel, William H. Macy, Christina Ricci and Jon Stewart.


He is a Founding Member of the Atlantic Theater Company and has served as Atlantic's Producing Director, Associate Artistic Director, and Executive Director of the Atlantic Acting School. Robert has taught classes in some of the most prestigious performing arts schools in the world.


He has worked on over 100 plays as an actor, director, writer or producer.

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Ethan Frank

Contest Director / Judge

Ethan Frank's acting credits include films Counting to Infinity, Across Dot Ave, 60 Miles South of Boston, Testimonies of a Quiet New England Town, and Frequent Flyers. He has starred in and produced many theatrical productions on various Off-Broadway stages in New York City and in the American Conservatory Theater's MFA Acting Program in San Francisco.

Ethan Frank wrote, directed, produced, and starred in a film called Collab that won him Best Director at the Up(st)art Awards. This production helped propel the careers of over 20 emerging creatives, and it's science fiction elements inspired the formation of Future Drifter Films.

Anthony Robert Grasso


Anthony Robert Grasso is an award-winning actor and director. Acting credits include work on Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Gotham and Dick Wolf’s FBI, USA The Sinner. He has worked with notable directors, such as M. Night Shyamalan. The films he has starred in have showcased at Sundance and other prestigious festivals.


As a actor/director, his works have screened in over 100 festivals worldwide and garnered 49 combined festival wins, including 3 Best Director wins and over 35 nominations.


View Anthony’s IMDb, to peruse his prolific repertoire of over 50 credits and 30 years of work in the entertainment industry.


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Sean Mann


Critically acclaimed, Mi Kwan has been the female lead in 6 feature films shot around the globe which have been featured in such festivals as Busan Int’l, Palm Springs Int’l, and Cannes SFC. Her performance in "A Korean in Paris" gained notice and introduced her to the international press, including Variety Magazine. She made her directorial, producer, and scriptwriter debut with the award-winning short film "Red Karma".


She hosted the 2015 Paris Shanghai Film Festival (France), was a member of the jury at the 3rd Film Festival of the Lagoons (Ivory Coast), and was president of the jury at Cinemator Film Festival of Carros (France) in 2015.

More info here.


The Los Angeles-based actor, Sean Mann, has worked on television shows Westworld, Lucifer, Brooklyn ’99 and the BAFTA-nominated short film “Hurria”. On stage, he has performed with Cornbread Kitchen at Upright Citizens Brigade.


His directorial debut, “Sage,” recently won a People’s Choice Award in the 2020 Int’l MusicBed Re-Open Challenge.


Many other credits can be viewed here.


Script Reader

Olivia Cama

Emerson College '21

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